Wednesday, August 28, 2013

450. Goat Cheese Pesto Pizza

This is a great crispy and thin crust pizza that is absolutely packed with a punch of flavor.

It i really flavor enough to have the basil pesto with some mild mozzarella cheese, but I took it to the next level with some slices of goat cheese instead!
The dough recipe below is enough for four pizzas, so if you are planning to make just one, you can easily freeze the rest in portions.
Of course, you can use pre-made pizza sauce and jarred pesto, but with the simplicity of preparing them this way yourself, you really don't have to.
Adapted from Proper Pizzas.


For the dough:
500g bread flour (plus more for kneading)
1tbsp salt
1 7g sachet of dried yeast
1tbsp golden sugar
2 tbsp olive oil
330ml tepid water

For the tomato sauce:
1 can of tomatoes, drained
1 tsp of oregano
1 clove of garlic
1 tsp of salt.

For the basil pesto:
1 cup fresh basil leaves, packed
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup toasted pine-nuts (or almonds or walnuts)
 2 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 tsp salt
good grinding of black pepper

Goat cheese, to top


To make the dough, knead all the dough ingredients together for a good 7 to 10 minutes.
Form a ball, lightly oil it, cover with plastic and let rest in a warm place 1 hour until doubled in bulk
To make the tomato sauce, blend all the ingredients together; set aside.
To make the pesto, process all the ingredients except for the olive oil together.
Drizzle in the oil as the machine is running. Set aside.
To make the pizza:
Pre-heat your oven to 430°F and place a large baking tray on a medium shelf, upside down. (This is going to give you a great crispy base, without needing a pizza stone.)
Divide the dough into quarters and take a quarter. 
Put it onto a floured surface and using a rolling pin, smooth your dough into a pizza shape.
Get it as thin as you possibly can and then transfer to a lightly floured piece of aluminium foil.
Smear with a thin layer of tomato sauce.
Next spoon your pesto on top.
Then top with slices the goat cheese log.
Remove your baking tray from the oven and carefully lift your foil & pizza onto the underside of your baking tray. 
Place the whole thing back in the oven and close the door. 
Timings will depend on your oven but it should take about 10-12 mins to cook.

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